Japan executed two people Thursday, including a 65-year old female cult leader convicted of six murders that took place during supposed exorcisms.The Justice Ministry said 65-year-old Sachiko Eto and 39-year-old Yukinori Matsuda were executed by hanging. Matsuda was convicted of killing two people during a robbery in 2003.Eto turned to faith healing after she and her husband joined a cult, according to Japanese media reports. She and two accomplices, including her daughter, were convicted of beating their victims to drive out ‘‘demons’’ and then hiding their bodies at her home.
Read the rest of the story: Japan hangs cult leader responsible for 6 murders.
Judicial proceedings for Aum Shinrikyo figures effectively came to an end Monday as Seiichi Endo became the 13th member of the doomsday cult to have his death sentence finalized by the Supreme Court.Spin control: Hiroshi Araki, spokesman for Aleph, a spinoff of Aum Shinrikyo, faces the media Monday in front of the Supreme Court.
But while Aums criminal masterminds await the hangmans noose on death row, splinter groups remain active and are showing signs of loyalty to guru Shoko Asahara.
"Aleph is operating under Aums old teachings. They are taking a defiant attitude," Kazuyuki Furuma, a resident of Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, told The Japan Times on Monday. Furuma heads a group that wants Aum-related groups ousted from the ward.
Read the rest of the story: Aum may be gone in name but guru still has following.